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Beyond Netflix: A look at what you get with new streamers

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besides netflix (which I will always rank as number 1) I'm interested in Apple TV, and Shudder. Unfortunately, shudder is not available in Japan yet

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HBO has the best lineup but that price point is ridiculous. However, it is probably the most realistic and sustainable price point out of all the services. Apple has a few originals to offer. But free with an iphone makes it viable. Disney will probably get the largest draw but that price will change quickly. Netflix will ultimately be gutted once its licensing expires.

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When you have MORE streaming services, you have more shows/movies that are going to be blocked from each other due to competition.

Us the consumers will have to pay MORE to access different streaming sites in order to watch the particular shows/movies that we want.

If you only can afford to sign up for one, you're not gonna have access to many of the shows now available on just one or two streaming sites, unless of course you pay extra - which is where all this proliferation is leading to.

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Only interested in services that have support in Japan!

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Yeah so this is all interesting info, but given that this is a Japanese news site (albeit in English) shouldnt it be concentrating on the streaming services available HERE? Netflix, Hulu (Japan), Prime, Disney and Gyao or whatever the other ones that mobile providers push here.

Include info on what English language shows they offer, and what shows offer subtitles, or dubs etc. Thats what would be useful here (I am particularly interested in knowing what Disney offers here)

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I genuinely feel sorry for the sheep getting fleeced to bare skin.

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Have to agree with the folks about the Japan content! Who HERE gives a crap about paying $15 or $100, it isnt yen and it's not available HERE!

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I genuinely feel sorry for the sheep getting fleeced to bare skin.

What would you recommend, in terms of broadcasting/streaming platforms? Personally, am glad to have Amazon and Netflix, although the former isn't perhaps the best user friendly one.

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Yeah so this is all interesting info, but given that this is a Japanese news site (albeit in English) shouldnt it be concentrating on the streaming services available HERE? Netflix, Hulu (Japan), Prime, Disney and Gyao or whatever the other ones that mobile providers push here.

> Include info on what English language shows they offer, and what shows offer subtitles, or dubs etc. Thats what would be useful here (I am particularly interested in knowing what Disney offers here)

excellent point

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Thanks for this article that smells an awful lot like a paid advertisement (or maybe it just smells period haha) but I have a few questions:

Are any of these new services actually available in Japan or will they be? Or was this just a story that was copied verbatim off the wire and lazily not even considered or customized for regional relevance?

Did I read that correctly? The Apple Plus service will start with only 9 programs?! I mean, not like I would ever subscribe to it, but just for my own morbid curiosity. Are my eyes deceiving me?
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When I grew up in London, there was a children's TV show called: 'Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?' The idea being, get off your backside and stop vegging in front of the idiot box. It was pretty popular back in the day. At the moment, I can only afford one streaming site. Unless you're rich, you're only going to subscribe to one channel. In time, a few of these sites will die off. UK Netflix is garbage now as most of the good content has been pulled and we're now left with badly written 'originals'. I stopped subscribing to Netflix 6 months ago and haven't missed it. There's loads of other things one can do..study some Japanese, read a book (I just read 'I Heard You Paint Houses'...that's the book The Irishman is based on..good book) I have a new book on the history of Argentinean football, which looks good. I've started learning Tai Chi and Wing Chun and I also do a little Qi gong and meditation now. It's all fun..so JT peeps...Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Streaming Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?'

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Seth and everyone else, honest question: Are streaming services "fleecing" us? Should we not pay to be entertained? It seems that the advertising model is dying out, so how else does content get paid for?

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When you have MORE streaming services, you have more shows/movies that are going to be blocked from each other due to competition. 

Us the consumers will have to pay MORE to access different streaming sites in order to watch the particular shows/movies that we want. 

If you only can afford to sign up for one, you're not gonna have access to many of the shows now available on just one or two streaming sites, unless of course you pay extra - which is where all this proliferation is leading to.

I completely agree. So in actuality and in some way, you’re not really getting a cheaper viewing experience because if pay for all these streaming services you’re back essentially paying easily over ¥6,000-¥8,000 a month carrying all these individual channels. Either way, they still got you in a different form. When you look at it from that perspective, it’s not as attractive.

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Youtube premium has some good shows also.

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'The Naked Director' (Japan) and 'Kingdom' (S.Korea) are the best Original series on Netflix.

Amazon Japan seems good but don't have their own Golden Cinemas.

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